What is the Equivac HeV Hendra virus vaccine for horses?
The Equivac HeV Hendra virus vaccine for horses is a 1mL vaccine, which aids in the prevention of Hendra virus infection in horses from four months of age. Equivac HeV is a ‘subunit’ vaccine, meaning it contains only a small part of the Hendra virus; a protein from the virus surface. The product is being sold under permit issued by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Permit PER13510 dated 3 August 2012.

How does the Equivac HeV Hendra virus vaccine for horses work?
The vaccine stimulates the production of protective antibodies. If the horse is subsequently exposed to Hendra virus, the antibodies will bind the viral particles preventing them from establishing an active infection in the horse. The viral particles bound to the antibody are then further processed by the immune system and eliminated.

How is the vaccine administered?
Only approved veterinarians can administer the vaccine by injection into the muscles on the side of the neck. Two 1mL doses are given at an interval of three weeks, and antibodies are generated within three weeks of the second vaccine dose being given.

How effective is the vaccine?
Initial trials have shown complete protection when vaccinated horses were exposed to an otherwise lethal dose of the Hendra virus.

Can the Equivac HeV cause the Hendra virus?
No, the vaccine is not live and cannot cause infection in horses. Live virus is not used at any stage in manufacturing this vaccine.

Where can horse owners go for more information?
Horse owners should speak to their vet for more information on the Equivac HeV or visit www.Health4Horses.com.au.

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